Barcelona vs Real Madrid dates revealed as 2021-22 La Liga fixtures announced

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Real Madrid and Barcelona will face off in El Clasico on October 24 and March 20 next season, after La Liga revealed their 2021-22 fixtures on Wednesday. 

The two rivals finished behind champions Atletico Madrid last term and will look to overtake Diego Simeone's men in the upcoming season.

Espanyol, Mallorca and Rayo Vallecano meanwhile will all join La Liga in 2021-22 as newly promoted sides.

When does La Liga start?

The first weekend of La Liga 2021-22 will be on August 15 and will end on May 22, after 38 rounds of matches.

Real Madrid will travel to Alaves on August 15 to kick off the season, while Barcelona will host Real Sociedad on the same day.

Atletico meanwhile will begin their title defence with an away fixture at Celta Vigo.

See the opening weekend fixtures in full below.

August 15, 2021Alaves vs Real Madrid
August 15, 2021Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
August 15, 2021Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid
August 15, 2021Mallorca vs Real Betis
August 15, 2021Cadiz vs Levante
August 15, 2021Osasuna vs Espanyol
August 15, 2021Sevilla vs Rayo Vallecano
August 15, 2021Valencia vs Getafe
August 15, 2021Villarreal vs Granada
August 15, 2021Elche vs Athletic Club

When are the Clasicos?

Barcelona will host the first Clasico of the season on October 24, as Real Madrid visit Camp Nou.

The return fixture will be held on March 20 as Carlo Ancelotti's side welcome Ronald Koeman's men to the Spanish capital.

When are the Madrid derbies?

The first Madrid derby of the 2021-22 season between Real and Atletico will be played on December 12, 2021 at Santiago Bernabeu.

Atletico host the second derby of the season on May 8, 2021 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

What happened in 2020-21?

Atletico Madrid won their first La Liga crown since 2014 last term, holding off Barcelona and Real Madrid to claim the title. 

On the final day of the season, Atletico won 2-1 at Real Valladolid to clinch the title, finishing two points ahead of second-place Real and seven points ahead of Barcelona in third.

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